Archive for ‘Android’

January 2, 2012

GamePad for your tablet

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

60Beat – GamePad for your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch is the new kid in the block. It brings a full-sized game pad designed for iOS devices and it connects via headphone jack. Being an ardent gamer myself, I like the classic touch to the new generation of gaming devices. However, I would rather not shell out $50 for 60Beat if instead I could use my PS3 gamepad to do the same task! 

Android users have an advantage. They can connect their Wii remotes with their Android devices using BlueTooth and the XBox 360 controller wirelessly with an additional device connected to the Android USB port. 

The gamepad though isn’t the future of gaming, in my opinion, Kinect technology is! How would you like to be entertained? 😛

[Source] TechCrunch, Android Simplicity

August 24, 2011

Google acquires Motorola Mobility

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Last week, Google acquired Motorola Mobility division for $12.5 billion or $40 per share (when Motorola shares were going at $28). Recently Google has been crying about losing out on the Nortel patent auction to Microsoft and Apple, who won the patents for $4.5 billion and raised the barrier to entry into the mobile market.

With Apple and Microsoft already suing Android phone manufacturers already, the Google’s Nortel patent loss is a harbinger of only more suing to ensue. Google had to do something to combat this and made a gutsy move to invest $12.5 billion in cash to buy Motorola Mobility.

The Motorola acquisition brings with it 19,000 employees, revenue of $11 billion and assets of $6 billion. More importantly, Google now owns 17,000 patents and an additional $7,500 filed patent applications.

Maybe Google will learn how to integrate a certain hardware with its Android software and copy Apple’s path to success 😛 Maybe Google will only cling on to Motorola software engineering and not the hardware branch. It’s also possible that other Android hardware manufacturers feel alienated with Google now owning a hardware division.

In any case, S&P has downgraded Google believing the purchase to be a bad move for Google. A lot of speculation, I would hate it if Apple lost a competitor! 😛


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It’s a gutsy move by Google for sure to acquire a hardware company but I think it’s a smart move! Forget S&P’s downgrade of Google. With the moves they’re making these days Moody seems more reliable to me 🙂

One thing that I’ve always said about Apple products is that their hardware is slick. Hopefully, Google can now get innovative and come up with slick designs to give Apple a run for their money!

I do have to agree with AppleGirl on one point ;P. A smart move that Google made by acquiring Motorola is that Google acquired all of Motorola’s patents which I’m sure will be useful in the future.

As for all the other manufacturers out there currently producing Android devices, I think this will be good motivation for them to step up their game. Personally, I think Samsung doesn’t need the motivation since they have some of the best devices out there like the Samsung Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy S II 🙂

 

 

 

May 15, 2011

The Oona – Anything you want your phone to be!

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

The $25 kickstarter project, The Oona, is a versatile smart phone stand. How can you use it? The ad says it all! Check it out.

March 8, 2011

Apple iOS vs. Android 3.0 – HoneyComb

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Here are some of the key new features in iOS 4.3, which will just be an overlay on the existing iOS on the iPad.

  • Improved Safari Performance: Apple moved the Nitro Engine Javascript engine from the Mac OS to iOS making it twice as fast.
  • iTunes home sharing: lets you share your media and Apps across all your iDevices wirelessly over Wi-Fi. This is a no brainer and I’m surprised that Apple released this feature so late in the iOS lifecycle.
  • Airplay improvements: Apple lets you stream video and audio using third party apps from your iOS 4.3 device to your Apple TV. Yes, no configuration needed. GoogleChic, you may not understand the phrase “No configuration” since you haven’t had the Apple kool-aid 🙂
  • Preference for the iPad switch: If you prefer the switch on the top right of the iPad to act as a rotation lock or to act as a mute switch, you now have the option to set your preference in iOS 4.3.
  • FaceTime, Garage Band, iMovie, Photobooth: let you video chat, create and edit your own music, movies and pictures.
  • Multi touch features: The iOS 4.3 will also support four or five finger gestures to give quick access to the home screen, multi tasking bar and to switch between Apps. Yes, everything is very intuitive.

Here are some HoneyComb features that you should consider before deciding on either device

  • Apps: iPad 2 sports over 65000 Apps designed to run on iOS while HoneyComb sports just over a 100 Apps. GoogleChic is happy with only a 100 Apps, but are you? 🙂
  • Native Video Chat: Finally, a native video chat client (FaceTime on iOS) comes to Android. You should experience both before deciding on your device of choice.
  • Widgets: Android has gone over board with the widgets on Honeycomb while complicating user experience for non geeks. Why do you need a grid widget, a stack widget and why do you need visual previews of the Apps while switching between Apps? Eww reminds me of my Windows Vista!
  • Notifications: Seriously, the notification was annoying the hell out of me in the demo video. Its like someone repeatedly IM’ing you on GMail when you are typing that work email.

All in all, if you are geek and like to twist your brain around how to get your tablet to work best for you, then Android is the way to go.  If you want a tablet which is intuitive and hassle free with the best user experience, then iOS is your obvious choice.

P.S: Check out the demo from the Android Honeycomb release. I would’nt blame you if you can’t get past 10 mins of the hour long video. Really, Google you need to learn how to get past your geekiness and reach out to the customers!!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

I would have to say that the most exciting feature of iOS 4.3 is the personal hotspot. I thought AppleGirl would be jumping up and down for this since she won’t have to tether off of me anymore 😉

The only downside to this is that it’s available only for the iPhone 4 and it looks like AT&T is putting a 3 device limit on this 😛 Apple is just a little behind in the game on this!

As for the intuitive multi touch features, if there’s one button on the device of course you would need an “intuitive” gesture to go home. What’s more intuitive than a home button on the device ?:)

As for the Honeycomb features here are the highlights I pointed out the other day.

  • UI – new UI with a holographic theme, improved home screen customization, widgets, and notifications that has been integrated into a 3D experience (yes, 3D support!)
  • Browser – Tabbing is now supported. A new feature “incognito mode” will let you browse without this history being record ;) (I’m  just saying)
  • Gmail – will be displayed in two columns including an action bar
  • Visual multi-tasking – provides a image of the last view state when switching between programs
  • Multiselect mode – ability to select multiple items

I guess AppleGirl, just doesn’t understand the concept of customization since it’s not available on iOS. Apple users are given what Steve Jobs says it’s good for the masses. I could see how having options would be confusing and frustrating for an Apple users. Most people would welcome the fact that you can choose which ever widget you would like to use whether it’s a grid or stack widget. No, I don’t think it’s for the geeks, if you don’t like it, simply don’t put it on your desktop.

The notification looks pretty seamless to me. If I’m working on something I can easily see gtalk messages coming in. It’s much better than a number over an App icon 🙂

Lastly, Steve Jobs must feel pretty insecure about iOS to have to distort the truth when it comes to number of apps available for  Honeycomb. A majority of the apps on the Market will work on Honeycomb. There is a smaller percentage which has been optimized for Honeycomb but I wouldn’t take Job’s number as a fact considering his known distortion reputation.


March 5, 2011

The possibilities with Android

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

No, Android hasn’t taken over the world yet. Check out the video below. It sure reminds us how fast Android has grown and what the future may hold.

P.S I’m sure AppleGirl will say Apple had dominated the world 😉

via: androidcentral

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

It’s funny that people equate quantity with quality. Growing Android numbers only indicates cheap devices and a multi vendor ecosystem, not how great the device is by itself!

We all agree that Windows sucks? (Even Bill Gates thinks so) 🙂 Here’s something to ponder over.. Is Android taking the Microsoft path? Check out the tribute to Bill Gates at his retirement. Could this be Larry Page in a few years? 🙂

March 2, 2011

An Everything Proof iPhone

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Here’s an awesome case for all the clumsy iPhone users out there. Life Proof iPhone case is sleek, adds only 1/16 inch (1.5mm) and weighs less than an ounce (28g). Compared to the other military spec cases (which turn the iPhone into a monster!) this one looks ultra slim. More importantly for $69, it is water proof, dirt proof, shock proof and snow proof.

Now you can use your iPhone without worrying about shattering it and hey you could even double it as an underwater camera!

[via iPhoneGuru]

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

The Life Proof case is a pretty sweet deal, and reasonable priced. If they made it for Android phones, I would buy one for sure!

So what are the options if you’re an Android fan? There’s always the Motorola Defy. Otherwise, there the Aquapac for $25 which will protect your phone up to 5 feet. There’s always the ZipLock bag option which is what the Aquapac looks like 😉


February 8, 2011

Google vs. Apple Super Bowl commercials

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Did anyone get to watch all the Android and Apple ads at Super Bowl yesterday? Because GoogleChic and I didn’t. Despite all our efforts to get everyone at the party to focus on the TV during commercial breaks and keep the noise down, we could only watch the Sony PSP, Motorola Xoom, AT&T iPhone and Verizon iPhone ads. So we dug around the net and found the commercials that we missed. What we thought of them?

Sony Xperia Play: This phone would have been an awesome phone maybe ten years ago. Sony made two separate devices, a PSP and a phone. Who thought combining the two would take them half a decade and really, who cares about the droid to human evolution?

Motorola Xoom: You probably remember the preview that Motorola released before Super Bowl. The Super Bowl commercial had the same 1984  aura with the theme “Empower the People”. There is one guy who stands out amongst the rest of people who are in white jumpsuits and white headphones. GoogleChic, it appears to me that Motorola is acknowledging Apple’s place in tech history. The ad doesn’t say what Xoom can do better than an iPad 😉 Motorola Xoom is expected to cost $800 (that’s a steep $300 more than the iPad). Ouch, are you paying for that million dollar commercial?

Google Search: I think this is an old commercial but I actually like this one! The key is to focus on the product (not the robot, not the guys with the white ear phones) 🙂

AT&T and Verizon iPhone: We had covered these two ads earlier. It cracks me up every time I see AT&T and Verizon playing the iPhone tug-of-war 🙂

Sony PSP Commercial


Google Search Commercial

Motorola Xoom Commercial

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

I’m at a loss for words. There are people who watch the Super Bowl for the game and there are people like us who watch the Super Bowl for the ads and we missed half of them!

You all know how much I like Angry Birds. How many of y’all caught the secret code in the Rio trailer? We at least caught the Rio trailer but I sure missed the code! Now that I know where to look it sure is a lot easier 🙂 (0:27 in the clip below).

If you want to know how to use the code, check out the video below.

P.S. What was y’alls favorite commercial?  Mine was the Doritos ad. I still can’t stop laughing every time I see this!

December 25, 2010

iPad is a giant iPhone?

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

GoogleChic, you are going to love this Motorola tablet evolution ad 😀 It is the same Motorola tablet which Andy Rubin had showed off during the Honey Comb preview. Motorola terms the iPad as “It’s like a giant iPhone, but… it’s like a giant iPhone”. Motorola can’t even get its jabs right. iPad is more like a giant iPod Touch than a giant iPhone 😉

Motorola labels the Samsung Galaxy Tab as “Android OS, but Android OS…for a phone”. Ouch, now you can’t even trust a fellow Android user to watch your back?

Isn’t Honeycomb just an optimized version of Android phone OS 🙂 Pretty much like iOS for iPad?

Not only does Motorola come late into the market (to be released at CES Jan 2011), but it  made the stupid mistake of comparing its tablet to the first gen iPad. Motorola is yet to realize that it will actually be competing with iPad  2 (rumored to be released early next year).


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Based on Andy Rubin’s preview of the Motorola tablet Honeycomb looked awesome! I would say it’s a overhaul of the Android OS and not an optimized version of it 🙂

I wonder how pissed Samsung is about this ad. Motorola took a direct jab at Samsung with their “Android OS, but Android OS for a phone”. Ouch, first off Samsung Tab is a 7 inch tablet which is why it’s able to utilizes Android 2.2 (Froyo) and it works well. The Motorola tab is a 10 inch tablet so it definitely needs Honeycomb which will handle the larger resolution.

As for the iPhone comment, it looks like Motorola is implying that their tablet will have more features as compared to the Droid X for example. Come on Motorola, stop teasing us and release the specs already!

December 19, 2010

Android 2.3 – Gingerbread – (NOT) a smart cookie?

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

GoogleChic has been gifting me Gingerbread cookies and cupcakes in the spirit of Christmas (but I think its more in the spirit of Android Gingerbread release :P)  Android 2.3 released with so many dull features that I had to literally drag myself to write this blog.

1. User Interface refinements for simplicity and speed
Most of the software update comes as UI improvements. Well, I have to give to Google for focusing their effort on improving the (blah) Android user experience. If Android wants to beat Apple, this is the biggest key. The best user experience is the simplest and unfortunately for Google, Gingerbread only seems to be bandaging a bleeding wound.

2. Faster more intuitive input text
Gingerbread comes with a redesigned keyboard with reshaped and redesigned keys. GoogleChic, looks like Google doesn’t understand the Do It Right The First Time mantra. Gingerbread also offers dictionary suggestions to correct entered words. Oh come on, I cant believe you didn’t have this until now 😉

3. One touch word selection and copy/paste
If you own an iPhone, you already know how this works. Press and hold a word to copy or drag the cursor to adjust the selection area and then tap to paste it. Rocket Science!

4. Improved Power Management
Android now takes more control in managing apps by closing them whenever appropriate. Duh, the iPhone’s cleverly implemented multitasking already does this by suspending apps when not in use 🙂 Even the app switcher on the iPhone is so simple, that I don’t have to pull up a horrid convoluted Windows like switcher.

5. Near Field Communication
NFC is like a breath of fresh air on Gingerbread. For now, you can use this feature to read NFC chips inserted in objects such as posters in restaurants, stores etc. Once your phone detects the chip, it will pull up the URL included in the tag data. As endless as the possibilities with NFC seem, currently you cant do much with it because there are hardly any NFC enabled systems in United States that you can use it with. Android, by being the fore runner for NFC in the US is helping Apple by building a NFC market that the next iPhone (rumored to come with NFC support) can harness. Remember that you can use NFC only if your phone hardware supports it. So, unless your Android phone is NFC enabled, NFC on Gingerbread isn’t your cup of tea.

GoogleChic, did I miss out any of the boring Gingerbread features? 😉

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

AppleGirl, not bad you covered most of the features. But of course we differ in opinion about the new features.

1)  UI refinements

The Android UI is far from blah! It has from day 1 supported a customizable desktop and widgets for ease of use. I would say that’s far more features as compared to the iOS. With Android 2.3, Google is not trying to re-invent the wheel, they’re polishing off the features that already exist and not slapping a bandage on it.

2)  Input

Even before Gingerbread, Android supported the dictionary suggestion feature. With 2.3 Google has refined the look and feel of this. Hate to burst your bubble AppleGirl we’re well more advance that you think 🙂

3) Copy & Paste

Yeah, copy and paste isn’t rocket science. How come iOS didn’t have this day one? Of course I think a lot of people will be happy with the improved copy/paste feature .

4) Power Management

I really don’t have any complaints if Google can improve the speed and efficiency of our device. AppleGirl said it herself, the iPhone freezes the app if it’s not in use. Hmm, that doesn’t sound like true multitasking to me. In fact there are only 7 types of services(background audio, voice over IP, background location, push notifications, local notifications, task completion and fast app switching) that allows for multitasking.

5) NFC

I do agree with AppleGirl on this point, NFC is a exciting new technology (well at least in the U.S) and until this grows in popularity there’s not many places which you can use this. There are reports that early next  year some business will start accepting credit card payments via NFC technology. Looks like Android users can start taking advantage of this before iPhone users 😉

6)VoIP

One really cool feature with Gingerbread is that VoIP calling is integrated with the OS. This will eliminate the use of third party apps for VoIP calls.

7) Game Development & Multimedia

There are other improvements that are not visible to end user, but Google has bundle a lot of improvements for developers, especially relating to gaming. Check out the video below.

December 12, 2010

Honeycomb – sneak preview

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

Early this week, Andy Rubin gave a preview of Honeycomb on an unannounced Motorola 10 inch tablet. More pictures were released today of the devices, check it out via Engadget.

The Motorola tablet looks amazing, especially the UI. AppleGirl shouldn’t have any issues operating this device, it doesn’t have any buttons. Also, it rotates according how it’s held (sounds pretty simple to me)  😉

Jokes aside, AppleGirl will LOVE Andy’s comment about Apple. “Apple has done a perfect job on being an intergrator of hardware and software”, this was Andy’s response when asked if the Motorola tablet was Google’s vision of a perfect tablet. Of course, long story short is that Google is not in the market of making hardware.

Check out the video below, the Google maps update looks sweet! I can’t wait to get it on my phone.

P.S Check out Andy at 5:05 in the video, being a little possessive aren’t we? 🙂

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Andy praised Apple for being the perfect integrator, more so because he wanted to point out that Android is more like Apple than Microsoft. ROFL. According to him, Microsoft throws software out there and lets Acer and others build PC’s out of it. Ahem, I thought Android does pretty much the same 😀 Don’t they release software for every aspiring phone and tablet maker out there? I am not sure what Andy Rubin was going for.

The part that cracked me up most was when Andy Rubin was explaining how Android on tablets is different from Android on phones, and this was what the interviewer said “Isn’t that essentially what Apple did?” Ouch!

P.S: GoogleChic, you say Andy Rubin was “possessive” when he didn’t allow the interviewer to play with the Motorola tablet. I think it was more like he was “scared that Honeycomb would crash on him during an interview” 😉

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